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SPECIES Sylvilagus (Sylvilagus) floridanus

Author:J. A. Allen, 1890.
Citation:Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 3: 160.
Common Name:Eastern Cottontail
Type Locality:"Sebastian River, Brevard Co.," [Florida, USA].
Distribution:N, C, and W Venezuela (including adjacent islands) and adjacent Colombia through Central America (disjunct in part); to NW Mexico, Arizona, north and east to North Dakota, Minnesota, N Michigan, New York and Massachusetts, Atlantic Coast south and Florida Gulf Coast (USA) west to Mexico; also S Saskatchewan, S Ontario and SC Quebec (C Canada).
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Subgenus Sylvilagus (Gureev, 1964:164). Widely introduced in North America (Hall, 1981:301) and Europe (Flux et al., 1990). Formerly included robustus (Bailey, 1905) and cognatus Nelson, 1907. Ruedas (1998) stated "...at least three of the subspecies [of floridanus] (cognatus, holzneri, and robustus) traditionally ascribed to S. floridanus are of species rank." However, he did not formally raise the first two to full species, as he did for robustus. Reviewed by Chapman et al. (1980, Mammalian Species, 136). See also cognatus and robustus; holzneri is provisionally retained as a subspecies of floridanus, since its relationship to Mexican populations of floridanus have not been reported yet. Allozymes described by Cervantes et al. (1999a).
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SUBSPECIES floridanus

SUBSPECIES alacer

SUBSPECIES chapmani

SUBSPECIES holzneri

SUBSPECIES mallurus

SUBSPECIES aztecus

SUBSPECIES connectens

SUBSPECIES hondurensis

SUBSPECIES macrocorpus

SUBSPECIES orizabae

SUBSPECIES yucatanicus

SUBSPECIES avius

SUBSPECIES cumanicus

SUBSPECIES margaritae

SUBSPECIES nigronuchalis

SUBSPECIES orinoci

SUBSPECIES purgatus

SUBSPECIES superciliaris

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